Racism 101: Are you a Racist?: Gee, I don't know how to research writing Characters of Color tastefully:



1.) It’s not hard to figure out what to do, there are plenty of resources.

People say you have to get it right, do your research, but … what else are you supposed to research? It’s not like people with more pigment in their skin have completely different personalities than those with less, any more than any individual. It’s frustrating when I can’t even figure out what the heck people are talking about.

Bam. Research step one done for you.

2.) Writing characters of color/minorities is a good thing.

I don’t like the notion that fantasy authors are under some kind of obligation to present ethnically diverse worlds. I’m English, and a fair sized part of English history consists of unwashed beardy white people in mead halls. If I’m inspired by my own history and cultural heritage, then that’s what I’m damn well going to write about. I’m not writing about some other culture just to appease the people who think there aren’t enough black characters in fantasy, or whatever. You want it, you write it. Nothing to do with me.

You’re wrong.

3.) Your all White Fantasy Land Didn’t Exist in Real Life:

…the rather medieval one has more diversity than real medieval Germany probably had […] In a world with medieval means of transport, it just doesn’t seem natural to me to mix dark-skinned people with blue-eyed blondes in one setting. I just try to give the people a colour that fits the place where they live.

You mean like the people from Africa and the Middle east who began to take over Southern Spain, as well as the Jews who were pretty well spread out throughout Europe, the Middle Easterners they would have met on the Crusades, and the incoming Mongol Hordes who spread to the very edges of Eastern Europe before the empire finally collapsed? Don’t forget that Turkey is right there, and the silk road would have gone from Song Dynasty China, through India, and ended in Turkey before moving further westwards into places like Germany. Also the attempts at the Franco-Mongol alliance would have been pretty interesting. (That’s about the 13th century - arguably smack dab in Middle Ages Europe and definite contact between France/Christian Europe and the Mongolian Empire.)

Unless you’re writing everything in the far reaches of Denmark or something, historically speaking, I call bullshit on people who have societies that are only all white ever, because it’s just inaccurate. Consider the relative closeness of Northern Africa to Spain, or Turkey to the rest of Europe, the conquests of Alexander the Great, the Crusades, Slavery existing in Europe, including England, the slave trade, imperialism, Pax Mongolica, The Silk Road, Jewish Diaspora, the Islamic Empire vs The Holy Roman Empire, Egypt, Algeria, China’s sailing across the world, The Maruyan/Gupta Empires of India, tea trades, Columbus sailing in hopes of finding China, etc, etc, etc.

4.) I mean I just don’t believe you anymore. It’s unrealistic. Seriously guys.

You’d think I’d just denied the holocaust or something. Get a grip. All I said was that I’m going to write about my own cultural experience and anyone who thinks I should do otherwise for the sake of political correctness can bugger off.

This isn’t even about being PC this is just not being wrong about everything.

good lord.

This is an amazing resource. Thank you for all the hard work you put into this.

Not all of the links are working, but nonetheless this is a good resource for those who would like to learn more about responsible storytelling!

(Source: , via stopwhitewashing)

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25 Things You Should Know About Revising And Rewriting

19. A Reiteration Of Opinion Regarding “Creativity”

If you looked at that note about spreadsheets and thought something-something blah-blah-blah about how it will destroy your creativity and ruin the magic of the story, then form hand into fist and punch self in ear. If you need every day of writing to be a nougat-filled boat-ride through Pez-brick tunnels, you’re fucked. Rewriting is hard. Creative comes from “create,” and often, revision is about destruction. In other words: harden the fuck up, Strawberry Shortcake, ’cause the boat ride’s about to get bumpy.

I like this guy. He tells me how to write and rewrite without making me hate my own writing. And he’s right, he’s right, he’s right.

This is a really good read and I recommend everyone take a look at it.

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Daily Writing Prompt

PSA/ Friendly Reminder

Words like “spaz,” “derp,” “stupid,” and “dumb” are actually ableist terms that stem from 

Educational source links: 





General Ableist Phrase Glossary

I’m trying to keep the Disabled community in my mind just as much as other oppressed groups, and it’s also something to keep in mind while writing.

Good substitutes for these terms:






Ignorant (also “ignant” if you use AAVE. If you don’t, then don’t use the term)



Try to incorporate words like these in your daily language so as not to promote discrimination against the Disabled community. Because some of these terms are so ingrained in our mode of thinking, it will be difficult to replace them, but if you remain aware of the words you use, you’ll be good in no time! I’m still working to stop using these terms, but I think progress is underway!

And remember, if members of the Disabled community decide to reclaim some of these words in order to empower themselves, that does not give anyone outside of that community the permission to use those terms

If there’s anything I’m missing, or something else you’d like to see, please let me know either in the ask box or through a submission.

~ B

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Introversion and Extroversion: My Two Cents

I’ve seen a lot of articles on introverts vs. extroverts— though there’s been a great emphasis on introversion— in the past few weeks. I think it’s kind of funny that we’ve gained a sudden fascination with the idea of introversion so recently, as if we are an object to be studied.

I think people forget that extroverts need to be understood just as much as introverts do, and that one is not “better” or “more valuable” than the other.

As an self-proclaimed introvert, I have an appreciation for people like me, but at the same time, I tend to get along better with those who identify as an extrovert. A majority of my closest friends are loud, thrive off of people’s energy, and tend to talk more than listen. It’s good for me, because it brings out qualities of mine that lean more toward extroversion: I talk more, I’m more likely to go out, etc. And our friendship is beneficial to them as well: they have someone who listens, they begin to appreciate quiet more, etc. There’s no reason to ridicule one or the other because both “types” of people feed off of one another. 

People also tend to forget that introversion and extroversion is a spectrum. Just because you identify a certain way, it doesn’t mean you have to categorize yourself according to every single trait that people define as “being an introvert” or “being an extrovert.”

(the same can be applied to sexuality, ethnicity, and gender)

So next time you’re reading a B*zzfeed “article” about the subject, just remember that you— or the facebook friend who you’ll share it with— may not, and does not have to, identify with every characteristic.


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Me after the Tumblrpocalypse of last night


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Editing Your Shit



Edits, proofreads, grammar, that sort of thing.

Alrighty! Now that Tumblr seems to be done eating my posts, let’s try to answer this one again!

So, one of the best things to do when editing things is to take a break every now and again. You’ll be able to better catch things when you’re looking at your work with fresh eyes. Don’t try to edit and write at the same time. Give separate blocks of time to each activity. I get really sloppy with punctuation and I don’t always notice until I’m looking at it a good while later.

Another thing that really helps me is to read something aloud. I catch lots of things that would otherwise go unnoticed. 


40+ Tips to Improve Your Grammar and Punctuation 

Grammar Tips

Grammar and Punctuation 

Grammar Girl

Editing and Proofreading

25 Editing Tips

21 Proofreading and Editing Tips

Useful information!

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What are your opinions on using slang in writing?

Whether it’s vernacular speech or text-speak, what’s your reaction to seeing it in any work of writing?

There are no wrong answers, I’m just curious~

And stay tuned for a full piece on the subject in the coming days!

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5 Steps to Get From Freelance Writer to Published Author



If there’s one question I’m most often asked, it’s “How many times have I told you that your health insurance does not cover ‘accidental’ insertions of your genitalia into homemade sex robots?”

But the next most popular question I get is “How do you become a writer?” The answer is, I don’t know. I’ve only called myself a writer once in my life, and I only had the balls to do it because I was asked by another writer in my agent’s office while I was holding an advance check for my forthcoming novel. I’m generally suspicious of people who are too quick to label themselves “writers.” They remind me of a girl I knew in college who had business cards printed up with “poet” written under her name. 

I have no suggestions on how you can become “a writer,” but I can give you advice on how to go about doing something writers do — getting published. Anyone reading this has opportunities simply unheard of 20 years ago. The Internet has taken the somewhat secret, slow, and unprofitable business of freelance writing and converted it into something fairly transparent, speedy, and still unprofitable. But the Internet truly is a great place to get started, because it’s all right there for your discovery.

  1. Pick the Place
  2. Learn the Rules
  3. Learn the Voice
  4. Network
  5. Apply the Rejection

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